Energy
8:50 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Judiciary Committee Approves Ban on Fracking Waste Disposal

A bill that would ban the storage or disposal of waste from fracking in Connecticut is moving through the General Assembly. 

On a 34-6 vote, the legislature's Judiciary Committee on Monday approved the proposed ban on drilling fluid and other waste generated as a byproduct of gas exploration. It now moves to the Senate for further action.

Some lawmakers who opposed the legislation said they prefer another bill that would create a temporary moratorium, giving the state time to adopt regulations to control the materials as a hazardous waste.

Republican Rep. Cecilia Buck-Taylor said that bill would allow Connecticut scientists to use small amounts of fracking waste in their research, determining whether it can be safely disposed. Buck-Taylor said she'd like Connecticut to be on the forefront of such research.